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I'm still a year away from applying for History at St Andrews and noticed that a lot of successful previous personal statements for the course mention the numerous books and History publications they've read. I'm already subscribed to 'History Today' but was curious as to whether people had any advice on books to read about specifically European History (1850-) or Russian History (1850-) or any other books current students would consider an essential before applying?
The Oxford History of Modern Europe (Blanning) is a good solid book to read, or Mastering Modern World History (Lowe)
and for Russian History, The Russian Revolution: Tsarism to Bolshevism (Darby) or Mastering Twentieth-Century Russian History (Lowe). All should be available through inter-library loan from your local public library - no need to buy them, but Amazon or Ebay are places to look for cheap copies if you want to have your own copy.